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Welcome to Kindergarten!

The MPSD StrongStart team has prepared a variety of fun and easy learning activities families can do at home.

Each of the activities is related to a Welcome to Kindergarten theme and several have links to short, engaging videos.

Have fun and see you in September!

Creative Exploration:

Healthy Choices:

Music and Movement:

Noticing Print:

Numeracy:

Playdough:

Science:

Social and Emotional Learning:

Talking and Reading Together:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Indigenous History Month

Local Kwantlen Elders: (Part 1 & 2)

 

Virtual Ways to Participate:

Books: Robot Beaver, Secret of the Dance, & Stoney Creek       Woman (in progress).

  • Fry Bread Friday Videos:
  • Government of Canada Learning Resources (English) (French)
    • Includes activity guides and posters
  • Canadian Encyclopedia Article (English) (French)

Educator Guides:

  • NIMMIWG –Their Voices Will Guide Us:  Student & Youth Engagement Guide (Early Learning – Gr.12) (p.1 to p. 19 for K to 5)
  • Walking Together: First Nations, Metis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum  The digital resource Walking Together: First Nations, Métis and Inuit Perspectives in Curriculum was designed to help teachers understand the holistic nature of First Nations, Métis and Inuit ways of knowing; to provide opportunity for Inuit, First Nations and Métis peoples to share their perspectives on topics important to them; and to demonstrate First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives in teaching and learning experiences.
  • The Secret Life of the North (CBC):How has the North been impacted by forces of colonization and why have many Canadians not known about the history, geography, and society of the Inuit? This episode explores the history and geography of the North; examines the distinct culture, language and politics of the Inuit; and recognizes the impacts of colonization on the Inuit.Possible teaching connections include Geography, History, Social Studies, Indigenous Studies, Civics, and Anthropology.

FVRL 2020 Summer Reading Club

SUMMER READING CLUBS

Explore our universe! Discover the great unknown this summer when you join FVRL’s 2020 Summer Reading Club. There is a club for everyone!

  • Read To Me (0 to Preschool) Share stories, record reading, collect stickers, win prizes and get a medal.
  • Kids (grades K to 6) Collect a reading record, enter prize draws, come to fun shows and earn a medal. Just read every day!
  • Teens (grades 7 to 12) Read. Record. Repeat. It begins when you sign up online for a SRC reading record. Includes chances to win fantastic prizes.
  • Adults Sign up for a reading record and mark your reading to enter prize draws. The more you read, the more chances to win.

How do I join? Sign up starts June 12 and continues throughout the summer.

How does it work? You and your family members can sign up online and download a reading record! Record every day that you read for fifteen minutes or more! You can read anywhere! Once you have recorded seven days of reading, you can enter our online contest for great prizes!

Programs and Events

It wouldn’t be Summer Reading Club without a great lineup of events throughout the summer. We have virtual storytellers, puppet shows, parties, awards ceremonies and more! Check out our spectacular guest performers.

  • Norden the Magician: Norden is back with a magic show full of amazing tricks and wacky gags. Be prepared to join the fun!
  • Puppets with Elspeth: Master puppeteer Elspeth and her puppet friends present rollicking fun stories and songs that will help unlock new discoveries as we explore.
  • Panagaea Arts: Panagaea Arts presents Stories on Wheels. Based on Kamishibai, a traditional form of travelling street theater from Japan. Tales are brought to life by high-energy comic performance, music, and dramatic action.
  • Music with Marnie: Discover the fun of music with Marnie. Sing along and dance as Marnie presents old favourites and new original songs. The music will make you move!

A full list of the SRC 2020 virtual events will be listed on our Events page soon!

Accessible Summer Reading Club

Find accessible Summer Reading Club titles through NNELS. FVRL also has ebook and audiobook formats to better serve customers with perceptual disabilities. Ask library staff for more information. (Source: FVRL, June 2020)

Ready to get reading!  FVRL Express is up and running!

Beginning June 1 you can start picking up library holds using our FVRL Express – Click, Pick, Go. The new contactless service offers customers a physically distanced way to pick up library holds and return items at all 25 locations.

Click on the image below for more information:

Virtual Field Trips

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

A Journey into Time Immemorial:
Created by the SFU Museum of Anthropology and Ethnology with active participation from local Sto:lo Elders and knowledge keepers, this interactive website allows students to explore a pre-colonial Sto:lo community and listen to Elders being interviewed on many topics such as weaving, First Salmon Ceremony, Welcome Song, and more.
Back to Batoche:
This is an interactive tour on the colourful history and culture of the past and present Batoche. The website features video interviews with elders, video and photo highlights from the annual Back to Batoche festivals, Métis music, games, quizzes, photo albums, virtual tours, hundreds of pages of text to learn from, as well as a series of interactive personalized guided tours.
Canadian Farm and Food Tours: many types of farms to choose
Canadian Museum of History: online exhibitions
Canadian Museum of Nature: Explore Nature
Includes mobile apps, websites, blogs, videos and multimedia presentations.
Hauyat: Explore Our Territory:
Discover ancient clam beds, archaeological digs and more in this virtual tour of Hauyat Territory, located on Hunter Island in Queen Charlotte Sound, BC.
Iningat Ilagiit:

Iningat Ilagiit, means “a place for family.”

Inuit artists from Kinngait (Cape Dorset) have created thousands of drawings. Almost 4,000 of these drawings, as well as 250 photographs, are available online here.

Not only can you browse the collection, but you can also build your own collections of favourite artworks in order to create your own virtual exhibitions to share with others.

Inuit Prints from Cape Dorset:

Canada’s national collection of Inuit prints from Cape Dorset – the birthplace of Inuit printmaking. Offered in French, English, and Inuktitut.

Iqaluit, Nunavut : Virtual visit to the Canadian Arctic
Living Traditions: The Kwakwaka’wakw Potlatch on the Northwest Coast

Since time immemorial, the Kwakwaka’wakw have hosted potlatch ceremonies, and potlatching continues to play a central and unifying role in community life today.

The repatriated Potlatch Collection at the U’mista Cultural Centre tells an epic story of the resistance and resilience of the Kwakwaka’wakw. Learn more through film clips, incredible 3-D photographs, and Kwak’wala audio clips. A series of curriculum-based lesson plans is also available, to help you share this fascinating story with your students.

Morning Star:

Explore Alex Janvier’s masterpiece Morning Star, painted on the dome of the Haida Gwaii Salon in the Museum.

National Gallery of Canada: Online Exhibitions
Nature Lab – Virtual Field Trips:

Virtual field trips allow students to travel the world and explore natural environments without leaving the classroom. Each virtual field trip contains a video, teacher guide, and student activities. Spotlight: View from a Canoe

One Mind, One Heart (MOA):

Learn more about the fierce opposition by the Heiltsuk Nation to the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline and oil-tanker traffic in their ancestral waters. One Mind, One Heart features films, photos of Heiltsuk territory, and community protests during the Project Review Panel’s visit to Bella Bella. The MOA installation shows the ancestral guardian of the undersea world, ’Yágis, swallowing an oil tanker trespassing in Heiltsuk waters. ’Yágis, the mask was created by Heiltsuk artist ’Nusí to invoke ancient Heiltsuk teachings and the law of Káxláya Gvi’ílás in order to protect their land and seas for the future.

Parliament Hill: 

Thanks to Google, we are able to do a “walking tour” through the Canadian Parliament Buildings in Ottawa just by clicking our mouse. The tour allows you to wander through the hallways and many rooms of the buildings, including:

  • the Peace Tower Observation Deck
  • the Memorial Centre
  • the House of Commons
  • the Prime Minister’s Office
  • the Library of Parliament
  • a Meeting Room
The Raven’s Call:

“The Raven’s Call” is the most comprehensive website dedicated to the life and work of Bill Reid.

Royal BC Museum: First Peoples, Indigenous Peoples

Online exhibits about local plants, residential school and reconciliation, living languages, and archaeology.

Royal BC Museum Learning Portal:

“This well-designed and engaging site focuses on BC culture and history. It allows students anywhere in the province to take a virtual field trip to the Museum. Each exhibit on the site features ways to listen, watch, and read, and also showcases the people behind the scenes who develop the collections and exhibits. Useful teacher guides and resources help link the exhibits to the curriculum.”(Gr. 5+) (Focused Education Review)

Royal Tyrell Museum:

This museum in Alberta is all about dinosaurs. Thanks for Google Maps and their streetview camera, you can wander around the museum as if you were there.

Shake it Up (MOA):

MOA’s exhibition, Shake Up: Preserving What We Value, explores the convergence of earthquake science and technology with the rich Indigenous knowledge and oral history of the living cultures represented in MOA’s Northwest Coast collection. You can explore the exhibit virtually.

Smithsonian Museum of Natural History Virtual Tour:
Visit galleries at the Smithsonian Museum. Choose where you want to go, places for close ups and enjoy a 3D view around where you stand.
Sq’éwlets: A Stó:lō-Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley:

Kwelches – Welcome! Our Old People tell us we have always lived in S’ólhTéméxw (Our Land). We are Stó:lō (People of the River), a nation of tribes along the Fraser River. As Sq’éwlets, we are one of 30 Stó:lō communities. Sturgeon is our ancestor and we live where the Harrison River rounds the bend and flows into the Fraser River. This website shares our journey from ancient times to the present. Join us as we tell you our sxwōxwiyám (origin stories) and sqwelqwel (personal stories), through our own words in video, song, vision and memory

Thalit Sqwelqwel – Stories of Truth:

Locally developed Residential School Curriculum Website for students and teachers from Kindergarten through to grade 12.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada presented its 94 Calls to Action in December 2015. Call to Action #63 (i) included: Developing and Implementing Kindergarten to Grade Twelve Curriculum and learning resources on Indigenous Peoples in Canadian history, and the history and legacy of Residential Schools.  This website is a direct result of this call to action. The goal of this effort is to build student capacity for intercultural understanding, empathy and mutual respect. Please visit https://greatspirithand.com and continue your journey towards Reconciliation today!

Virtual Museum of Canada:

The largest digital source of stories and experiences shared by Canada’s museums and heritage organizations.

Virtual Museum of Metis History and Culture:

This website provides a detailed look at Metis history and culture sharing Metis stories, interviews, photographs, and various archival documents.

Voices of the Canoe:

Learning about the canoe traditions of the Fijian, Squamish, and Haida helps us understand the historical and ongoing importance of canoe culture for these Indigenous peoples.

This website presents a range of evidence – photographs, maps, interviews, historical texts and short films – to assist educators and students in understanding the importance of canoes for the Fijian, Squamish, and Haida peoples.

Welcome to Naikoon Park:
An interactive website that allows students to hike Naikoon Park, located in the traditional territory of the Haida Nation.
Whose Land:
Whose Land is a web-based app that uses GIS technology to assist users in identifying Indigenous Nations, territories, and Indigenous communities across Canada. The app can be used for learning about the territory your home or business is situated on, finding information for a land acknowledgement, and learning about the treaties and agreements signed across Canada. Educational videos are available to watch that will give you a better understanding of why land acknowledgements are important, and the way Indigenous people view their relationship to land.

Family Fun this Summer

Here are some great books and activities about families.

The Family Book and colouring page:

Click on the photos below to open the printable version:

Dipnetting with Dad (look for this book in your school library!)

The Making of Dipnetting with Dad:

Teacher’s Guide 

Activities:

What Makes a Family?  Watch and listen to the song and try the activities from Wonderopolis below.

Read/listen to a Wonder-of-the-day:  “What Makes a Family?”  Try some of  the family activities (and look at a very cute photo of a meerkat family).

FVRL 2019 Summer Reading Club

SUMMER READING CLUBS

“Imagine the possibilities! Dream and discover endless possibilities all summer when you join FVRL’s 2019 Summer Reading Club. There is a club for everyone!

  • Read To Me (0 to Preschool) Share stories, record reading, collect stickers, win prizes and get a medal.
  • Kids (grades K to 6) Collect a reading record, enter prize draws, come to fun shows and earn a medal. Just read every day!
  • Teens (grades 7 to 12) Read. Record. Repeat. It begins when you pick up an SRC reading record. Includes chances to win fantastic prizes.
  • Adults Take home a reading record and mark your reading to enter prize draws. The more you read, the more chances to win.

How do I join? Sign up starts June 21 and continues throughout the summer. Visit your favourite FVRL location to join.

How does it work? You and your family members can pick up a reading record at your local library! Record every day that you read for fifteen minutes or more! You can read at home, in the library, on a beach, anywhere! Once you have recorded seven days of reading, come back to the library for stickers and prizes!

Programs and Events

It wouldn’t be Summer Reading Club without a great lineup of events throughout the summer. We have storytellers, puppet shows, parties, awards ceremonies and more! Check out our spectacular guest performers at a library near you.

  • The Great Gordini: Join the Great Gordini for a show filled with magic tricks, wacky fun, and a lot of opportunities to participate.
  • Karima Essa: Experience the magic and joy of dance and storytelling as Karima Essa performs Bollywood dance.
  • Tiffany Stone: Join poet Tiffany Stone for poems and rhymes about flaming flamingos, baaaad animals and rainbow colored clothes.
  • The Well Worn Trail: Discover fascinating facts about Canadian animals and their habitats. Storytellers Rob and Lillian use puppetry, songs and story to kindle the wonder of nature.

Visit our Events page for a full list of SRC 2019 Events!

Accessible Summer Reading Club

Find accessible Summer Reading Club titles through NNELS. FVRL also has ebook and audiobook formats to better serve customers with perceptual disabilities. Ask library staff for more information.

The possibilities you explore this summer are limited only by your imagination when you join 2019 Summer Reading Club!” (Source: FVRL, 2019)

National Indigenous Peoples Day

2019 Events in Mission:

Information and Resources for National Indigenous Peoples Day:

From the Government of Canada: “June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. This is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First NationsInuit and Métis peoples. The Canadian Constitution recognizes these three groups as Aboriginal peoples, also known as Indigenous peoples.

Although these groups share many similarities, they each have their own distinct heritage, language, cultural practices and spiritual beliefs.

In cooperation with Indigenous organizations, the Government of Canada chose June 21, the summer solstice, for National Aboriginal Day, now known as National Indigenous Peoples Day. For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this day due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year.”

Additional Resources:

FVRL 2018 Summer Reading Club

FVRL 2018 SUMMER READING CLUB

Move, groove and prove that you can make a Motion Commotion this summer when you join FVRL’s 2018 Summer Reading Club. There is a club for everyone! Sign up starts June 21 and continues throughout the summer. Visit your favourite FVRL location to join.

 

Read To Me (0 to Preschool)

Share stories, record reading, collect stickers, win prizes and get a medal.

Kids (grades K to 6)

Ready, set, go! Collect a reading record, enter prize draws, come to fun shows and earn a medal. Just read every day!

Teens (grades 7 to 12)

Read. Record. Repeat. It all begins when you pick up a reading record. There will be lots of chances to win fantastic prizes.

Adults

Get a move on! Take home a reading record and mark your reading to enter prize draws. The more you read, the more chances to win.

There are oh so many ways to make a Motion Commotion when you join 2018 Summer Reading Club!

Mission Children’s Festival

Message from the organizers (Mission Arts Council):

This year the Mission Arts Council’s 22nd annual Fraser Valley Children’s Festival is on June 10th, 2018 at Fraser River Heritage Park, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. Admission is FREE, and parking is by donation. There will be some food trucks on location, but you’re welcome to bring a picnic lunch.

WE WANT YOU TO HAVE A GOOD TIME AT THE FESTIVAL

1. Dress for the weather Rain or shine, the Festival will go on! Make sure to pack a raincoat or umbrella for a wet day and sunscreen for a sunny day!

2. Be safe and courteous. Don’t forget the buddy system! All children must be accompanied by an adult. Respect the personal space of all performers by ensuring the children are at a safe distance. Roving Performers are people too!

3. Arrive any time between 10 am and 4pm. At our main stage we do have a tight schedule and we try to have all shows start on time. Come early, check out the event and pick the show you want to see. Get your favourite seat, either on the grass or even better bring a lawn chair, sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

4. Plan your day; there is a lot to do and see at the Fraser Valley Children’s Festival. In addition to all of the great Festival shows and activities, you never know what creative fun will happen at the Festival, so leave a little time for the unexpected! In addition to theChildren’s Festival have a walk around the beautiful Fraser River Heritage Park and enjoy the vista’s of the Fraser River and Sumas Mountain.

5. Nourish the soul and your belly Plan to have lunch at the Festival. Our vendors provide good healthy food and yummy treats, or if you like, bring a picnic. There are lots of places on site to sit down and enjoy a lunch!

Solstice Celebrations

The summer solstice occurs on Monday, June 20th.

Follow the links below to learn about two Canadian celebrations connected to the summer solstice.

National Aboriginal Day, June 21st: 

“Catch the spirit of the 20th Anniversary of National Aboriginal Day on June 21! Come celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples in Canada.”

La Fête Nationale Du Québec, June 24th:

 

 

 

 

 

Father’s Day

Sunday, June 19th is Father’s Day.  Here are some great ideas to show Dads how much we appreciate them. There is also a song about families and some inquiry activities around the question “What makes a family?”.

Book Trailer: Gator Dad by Brian Lies (released in May, 2016)

Gator Dad Activity kit

Activities: (From a post on  Wonderopolis)

“How will you celebrate Father’s Day? Here are some fun activities you can explore with a friend or family member:

  • Does your dad like to golf? Challenge him to a fun game that’s just a little different than what he might be used to. Play Frisbee Golf! (There is a course at Centennial Park in Mission!)
  • Think about all the fun times you’ve had with your dad over the years. Make your own homemade Father’s Day card to show him how much he means to you. Include special memories of the most special times you’ve spent together. Have fun reminiscing about the good ol’ days!
  • Treat dear old Dad to a special day of relaxation in the backyard. Get him a comfy chair, offer to do a few chores, fix him a nice lunch, grab him a refreshing drink, and then after he’s had a nice nap, play some fun backyard games together! Enjoy the day celebrating the special father figures in your life!”

What Makes a Family?  Watch and listen to the song and try the activities from Wonderopolis below.

Read/listen to another Wonder-of-the-day:  “What Makes a Family?”  Try some of  the family activities (and look at a very cute photo of a meerkat family).

Summer Reading Club

It’s that time of year again!  This year, the theme for the Fraser Valley Regional Library (FVRL) Reading Club is “Book a Trip”.

Mission Public Library:  Summer Reading Club Kick-Off

Saturday, June 25, 2016 (1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

“Book a Trip and travel with your imagination as you read throughout the summer! Join us for games, refreshments, and fun. It’s a one-stop shop to sign up for all of our Summer Reading Clubs, including preschoolers, kids, teens and adults.”

Here is some information from the FVRL Summer Reading website:

Grab your compass and get ready to travel the world! Book a trip to the library and join the Summer Reading Club. There is a club for everyone! Visit your favourite FVRL location to join. Sign-up starts mid-June and continues throughout the summer.

Read To Me (0 to Preschool)

Little ones get stickers, prizes and a medal. Keep track of the reading you do with your child.

Kids (grades K to 6)

Join the SRC and get an awesome reading record designed by BC illustrator Lee Edward Fodi. Win prizes, see great shows, and earn a medal. Just read every day!

Teens (grades 7 to 12)

Pick up a reading record. Read. Enter to win prizes. Repeat. It doesn’t get much simpler than that! Teens @ FVRL on FVRL’s Facebook page. You will find book reviews, trailers, quizzes, and more.

Adults (everyone else)

Reading isn’t just for kids! Read and enter draws for every seven days of reading. The more you read, the more chances you have to win.

Travel A to Z this summer. Join the summer reading club and discover amazing places far and near. Sign up starts in June and continues throughout the summer.